1996 Los Angeles Dodgers season
|1996 Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1996 NL Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Fred Claire|
|Manager(s)||Tommy Lasorda, Bill Russell|
|Local television||KTLA (5)|
Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Rick Monday
Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas
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The 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers season was the 107th for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 39th season in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers were atop the standings for a substantial part of the season, albeit under two managers. Longtime manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a heart attack in mid-season and had to step down. Bill Russell, Lasorda's bench coach and a former Dodger player, was chosen to manage the rest of the season.
The Dodgers went into the final weekend of the season with a two-game lead on the San Diego Padres, needing only to win one of the final three games with the Padres to clinch the National League Western Division crown. However, the Padres swept them, and the Dodgers limped into the playoffs as a Wild Card team. The Dodgers were swept by the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.
The Dodgers used fifteen different pitchers during the season, the fewest of any MLB team in 1996.
- November 29, 1995: Acquired Mike Blowers from the Seattle Mariners for Miguel Cairo and Willie Otanez
- December 15, 1995: Acquired Rick Clelland from the Montreal Expos for Omar Daal
- December 17, 1995: Acquired Billy Brewer from the Kansas City Royals for José Offerman
|San Diego Padres||91||71||0.562||—||45–36||46–35|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||90||72||0.556||1||47–34||43–38|
|San Francisco Giants||68||94||0.420||23||38–44||30–50|
Record vs. opponents
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|1996 Game Log: 90–72 (Home: 47–34; Away: 43–38)|
|Legend: = Win = Loss|
Bold = Dodgers team member
Opening Day lineup
- July 31, 1996: Acquired Chad Curtis from the Detroit Tigers for Joey Eischen and John Cummings
- August 31, 1996: Acquired Dave Clark from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Carl South
- October 30, 1996: Chip Hale signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1996 Los Angeles Dodgers
Starting Pitchers stats
Relief Pitchers stats
|Chan Ho Park||48||10||108.7||5-5||3.64||71||119||0|
Game 1, October 2
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
|W: John Smoltz (1-0) L: Antonio Osuna (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (1)|
|HRs: ATL – Javy López (1); LAD – none|
Game 2, October 3
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
|W: Greg Maddux (1-0) L: Ismael Valdez (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (2)|
|HRs: ATL – Fred McGriff (1), Ryan Klesko (1), Jermaine Dye (1); LAD – none|
Game 3, October 5
|W: Tom Glavine (1-0) L: Hideo Nomo (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (3)|
|HRs: LA – none; ATL – Chipper Jones (1)|
- 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
- Rookie of the Year Award
- All-Star Game MVP Award
- TSN National League All-Star
- Players Choice: Outstanding NL Rookie
- Baseball Digest Rookie All-Star
- Silver Slugger Award
- NL Pitcher of the Month
- Hideo Nomo (September 1996)
- NL Player of the Week
- Hideo Nomo (Sep. 16–22)
- Branch Rickey Award
Teams in BOLD won League Championships
Major League Baseball draft
The Dodgers selected 79 players in this draft. Of those, seven of them would eventually play Major League baseball.
The top draft pick was third baseman Damian Rolls from Schlagel High School. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 Rule 5 draft and then traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, where he played parts of five seasons with a .248 batting average, 9 homers and 73 RBI.
Shortstop Alex Cora was drafted in the third round out of the University of Miami. He would play 14 seasons in the Majors (7 of them with the Dodgers), primarily as a utility infielder/defensive replacement. He hit .243 in 1,273 games
The most successful player in this draft class was left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly from Fresno City College, who was drafted in the 23rd round. A two-time All-Star, he would play 15 seasons in the Majors (the last 4 with the Dodgers) and had a 130-113 record and 4.14 ERA in 356 games (331 starts).
|1996 Draft Picks|
- "1996 MLB Standard Pitching". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
- "Chip Hale Stats".
- 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft